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$2.1bn Arms Probe: Court Dismisses Jonathan, Dasuki’s Applications to Stop Subpoenas

ABUJA, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja Wednesday dismissed the applications by the immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan and his National Security Adviser NSA, Col Sambo Dasuki (retd), against the subpoenas served and compelling them to appear before the court as witnesses in the  N400m money laundering case against a former National Publicity Secretary of the opposition People’s Democratic Party PDP Olisa Metuh.

Also joined in the suit by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC is Mr. Metuh’s private firm, Destra Limited.

Justice Okon Abang in his ruling held that he had no jurisdiction to entertain Jonathan’s application which is challenging the subpoena since he is yet to be served with the court’s summon.

The judge further held that granting Sambo’s application, which is seeking an adjournment pending the determination of his motion in relation to the subpoena issued on him pending before the Court of Appeal, would amount to disregarding the earlier judgment by a Court of Appeal which was delivered September 29, directing him to sign and ensure the execution of the subpoena on Dasuki.

Consequently, Justice Abang ordered the detained former NSA who was earlier produced in court by the men of Department of State Service DSS to proceed and enter the witness box.

It would be recalled that Dasuki last lost in his bid to stop the court from serving him the subpoena.

 

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